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God Hasn’t Yet Commanded Us, Like Jeremiah, Not to Pray For Our Country

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Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.  –Jeremiah 5:25

I can hardly bear to read the news anymore, let alone report it. My only comfort lies in the realization that it would all be infinitely worse, had Hillary Clinton won the presidency.

You don’t need me to tell you things are going south, big-time. Just yesterday there was some kind of world-wide computer hack that shut down hospitals and other vital services in dozens of countries. For those who insist that the words of the Old Testament prophets apply only to the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah, I can only answer, “Read the news again.”

God has not yet commanded us to refrain from praying for our country, as He commanded Jeremiah not to pray for Judah. So I think we should pray, and pray hard. Because our sins are indeed withholding good things from us. I mean, we shower honors and praise on lost souls who have themselves surgically mutilated and demand we now acknowledge them as women, who were born–and still are–men.

O Lord Our God, exert your strength on us and turn us away from our follies and our sins! Lead us, O Lord, back to sanity. Heal our madness, and bless us with the spirit of repentance. Because we have become addled beyond our own power to recover from it. As a God who delights in mercy, have mercy on our nation, Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



 

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